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ISDA News and In-Depth Articles

Ben Kenney named new Director of Communications for ISDA

ISDA Director Gina Sheets has announced that Ben Kenney is joining the agency as the Director of Comunications.  Read more about Kenney's background and his duties with the State Department of Agriculture.


The Farmer's Friend

The Indiana Grain Buyers and Warehouse Licensing Agency works to protect Indiana's grain marketing infrastructure.  Read more about IGBWLA.


Red Gold Conservation Award Promotes Sound Conservation Methods

Indiana-based Red Gold partners with ISDA to promote sound conservation methods via a contest including scholarship and cash prizes. Read more about the incentive-based program.


David Bausman named new Policy & Regulatory Program Manager for ISDA

ISDA Director Gina Sheets has announced that David Bausman will be the new Program Managers for Policy and Regulatory Affairs. Read more about Bausman's background and his duties with the State Department of Agriculture.


Food Export Seminar to help Indiana Food Suppliers Expand Markets

ISDA's International Trade program manager Lindsay Beckman is leading the department effort to help Indiana agribusinesses expand their economic opportunities via exports. An upcoming conference is a great chance for Hoosier food suppliers to learn more about how to do this.


Indiana Land Resources Council Continues Work of Making Good Neighbors

ISDA's Indiana Land Resources Council continues with the vital work of helping neighbors be good neighbors where the Ag community meets those around it. Read about the Council's ongoing efforts to help facilitate good land use and management around Indiana. 


Dubai Trade Show Highlights Appeal of Indiana Hardwoods, ISDA Marketing Effort

ISDA's Mike Seidl recently returned from a successful trip to Dubai, where he was involved in the continuing effort to market the already-popular products made with Indiana Hardwoods. Read about the trade show and the burgeoning marketplace.


Indiana FFA installs new officers for 2013-2014 at state convention

Indiana FFA closed a successful 2013 state convention with a rousing final session that included the installation of seven new state officers. Read here for comments from the incoming and retiring presidents, and more details about the convention's final day.


ISDA Resource Specialist Sarah Lake works in the field on behalf of Hoosiers.

ISDA Division of Soil Conservation Resource Specialist Sarah Lake took us along for a typical day on the job, helping Indiana farmers with good conservation practices that make a positive difference to their businesses as well.


CLPP Encourages Healthy Practices and Products from Indiana Livestock Farmers

The Certified Livestock Producer Program is an Indiana State Department of Agriculture program designed to help livestock farmers meet standards in five important areas, encourage consumer confidence and provide some assistance to farm operations as they continue to do the right things.


CREP Promotes Sound Conservation and Good Economics on the Farm.

The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program features an additional payment for landowners enrolled in CRP, in exchange for further conservation measures to protect  water and soil. Read more about its impact on Indiana and how it works.